‘Birders, not blockaders’ ask B.C. to protect old-growth in Fairy Creek to save marbled murrelets

By Rochelle Baker
The National Observer
May 25, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

FAIRY CREEK, BC — Birders and biologists are banding together to urge the B.C. government to protect ancient forests on southwestern Vancouver Island in a bid to save threatened marbled murrelet nesting sites. Around a dozen citizen scientists are documenting the rare robin-sized seabird, which raises its young in old-growth forest found in tree farm licence (TFL) 46, which includes the Fairy Creek region near Port Renfrew, said team leader and avid birder Royann Petrell. The team of birders has documented murrelets on more than 300 occasions in and around the Fairy Creek watershed. …The citizen scientists, backed by four murrelet experts on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border, are pushing the province to protect 996 hectares of old-growth from logging. The proposal submitted in December suggests adding 828 hectares to an existing 603-hectare murrelet habitat area in Fairy Creek. 

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